- Hardcover: 279 pages
- Publisher: Times Books (June 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812911091
- ISBN-13: 978-0812911091
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball Hardcover – June, 1984
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IF you can find a copy of this book you won't be disappointed!
If you're a baseball fan, you'll find what you like. He was, after all a ballplayer, and a great one who deserves to be in Cooperstown. His is a great story, and there's a single chapter devoted to the unique batting style that changed him from disappointment to superstar. I've monkeyed around using his flamingo-style batting stance, and I can tell you it added 25-50 feet to my own hits...and I'm no ballplayer. It works.
More important, though, is that this book shows what a truly class act Oh-san is. Although he became the greatest home run hitter in world baseball history, he remained very humble and gave credit to hard work and the guidance of others for his success. There is no Barry Bonds in this man. He is truly worthy of being called a "hero," and that's a word I almost never use.
Get this book!!! I have three copies of it myself, and would never part with any of them. It is one of the best and most uplifting autobiographies I've ever read on anyone, in or out of sports.
To me the theme of this book is that talent is not enough, that there are people and things outside of us that can help us find our way.